Summary: If you can justify the price tag it's hard to fault Canon's new APS-C flagship. With class-leading image quality, fast operation and excellent handling the EOS 7D is everything a semi-pro model should be, and the excellent movie mode will be a welcome bonus to those that like their pictures to move. Arguably the best APS-C SLR on the market today.
Pros: Class-leading detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness, Very good low-light performance, low noise levels and good retention of detail, 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed, Thanks to Dual Digic 4 processors very quick and responsive performance, Excellent build quality with magnesium body and environmental sealing, Good ergonomics, well shaped and comfortable hand grip, Improved button and control layout over 50D/5D Mark II, Highly customi...
Cons: Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting, Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, Occasional jagged lines in 720p video, No built-in AF illuminator
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 7D is one of the best midrange D-SLRs money can buy. But if you don't need comprehensive video recording features or ultra-high-resolution images, there are a handful of competing D-SLRs that produce comparable image quality for half the price.
Pros: Excellent still-image and HD-video quality. Fast performance. Various HD video recording options.
Cons: Pricey. Video recording is not as simple as with a dedicated camcorder.
Excerpt: (1 items) Canon’s EOS 7D digital SLR is designed for users who want fast shooting performance. That means sports photographers, nature photographers, and anyone who needs to freeze-frame a fast-moving subject. It has a crisp-sounding shutter, a sturdily built stainless steel and polycarbonate body, and all of its settings can be controlled using dedicated buttons or button and dial combinations.
Pros: Solid body, Fast burst mode, Versatile focusing modes, Very good high ISO performance
Cons: Focusing not always accurate, Could use more accessible focus controls
Conclusion: We have no reservations about giving the Canon EOS 7D an Editor’s Choice designation – it’s a great DSLR that just so happens to record high-definition videos. The big question, though: Is the camera worth its steep asking price? Happily, the answer is yes, since it’s an investment that will pay you back for years to come in terms of great photos. Moreover, for those who enjoy a challenge, it will take some time to learn all of the device’s capabilities.
Pros: Great 18MP photo quality, Blazing fast 8 fps shooting, Pinpoint focusing, Just so happens to take HD videos
Cons: Expensive, Heavy—it’s a commitment, Video focusing takes practice, Considerable learning curve
Excerpt: The Canon EOS 7D digital SLR is designed for users who want fast shooting performance. That means sports photographers, nature photographers, and basically anyone who needs to freeze-frame a fast-moving subject.
A Canon D-SLR built for speed -- perfect for action photography
Good Gear Guide.au
1 August 2010
Summary: The Canon EOS 7D is definitely for the action photographer: It has a fast burst mode and captures huge images. Its high ISO performance is very good, but we found its focus to be hit and miss.
Pros: Fast burst mode, solid body, versatile focusing modes, very good high ISO performance
Cons: Focusing wasn't always accurate, could use more accessible focus controls
Conclusion: The camera has a mouth-watering specification, especially if you like things fast and detailed. For the picky user, the initial noise levels seen at 100% with an ISO 100 image taken on a grey day were enough to raise an eyebrow. But that was all, and the final print results certainly quashed any initial concerns we had.